This year’s Exmoor Ramble in aid of North Devon Hospice will be particularly poignant as the driving force behind the event Ivan Huxtable, 80, passed away earlier this year from cancer.

In his final days he was cared for by the hospice he had worked so tirelesly to support during his lifetime.

A renowned local Exmoor enthusiast and wildlife walker Ivan Huxtable was an indefatigable fundraiser who organised charity walks for over 30 years.

This year his family are organising a scenic circular sponsored walk in aid of North Devon Hospice on Sunday, September 26 in Ivan’s memory.

Walkers can choose a six-mile or 14 mile route through the countryside that Ivan held so dear.

Ivan ran the Exmoor Ramble charity walks for 30 years, initially for CLIC Sargent after losing his sister to leukaemia aged just nine. The event has since raised money for more than 20 charities, including more than £50,000 for North Devon Hospice.

Ivan’s fundraising mission was inspired by the death of his sister, which came just six months after their father died in a tragic farming accident in 1947.

More than £100,000 has been raised for CLIC Sargent in that time, a cause that remained close to Ivan’s heart after his own diagnosis with leukaemia 15 years ago.

Ivan was a “true Exmoor character”, well known in the salmon and sea trout fishing world on the River Taw. He was also a regular visitor to the Greenslade Taylor Hunt offices in South Molton.

Richard Webber, Partner at the South Molton branch, said: “He was a very well known character. He was a client to the firm and a good friend to me.”

In recognition of his close ties GTH are donating £1,000 from their charitable fund towards the vital work of the hospice.

Exmoor Ramble is free to enter, but there is a £1 booking fee per ticket and you must enter in advance.

For further details about the event click here.